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2011/05/24

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Back on Winning Track with PBA Senior Mark Roth Allentown Open Victory

Professional Bowlers Association legend Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., won the PBA Senior Mark Roth Allentown Open Tuesday for his first tour win in more than a year.

Williams defeated 2009 Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 268-168, in the championship match at Playdrome Rose Bowl for his first senior title of the season and second of his Senior Tour career.

Williams left little doubt of the outcome by opening the championship match with eight consecutive strikes before leaving a 10 pin in the ninth frame. Mohr, trying for his second consecutive win this season having won the Senior Miller High Life Classic in Mooresville, N.C., three weeks ago, could never get anything going.

"I got off to a good start and Ron just couldn't get lined up, especially on the right lane," said the 51-year-old Williams. "I was able to play between the first and second arrow and just had a nice angle to the pocket and great ball reaction from there."

In his Senior Tour debut in early May of 2010, Williams won his first Senior Tour title in the Senior Miller High Life Classic shortly after earning a record seventh PBA Player of the Year crown at the conclusion of the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.

After also going on to earn PBA Senior Rookie of the Year honors last year, it has been quite a dry spell for Williams, however. He experienced the worst PBA Tour season of his 28-year career in 2010-11 where his best finish was sixth. It ended a record streak of 17 seasons with at least one Tour win.

"I think the hard work I've put in the past couple of months has really paid off," said the all-time leader in PBA Tour wins with 47. "I'm feeling very comfortable being able to make the adjustments I need to make and just bowling very well in general. I'm very encouraged and confident going forward from here.”"

Williams' previous best Senior Tour finishes this season were second in the Sun Bowl In the Villages and third in the Senior Don Carter Open.

In the semifinals, Mohr defeated Hall of Famer and four-time Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., 206-174 to advance to the championship match and Williams defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., 238-192.

Williams is looking forward to the PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast June 12-17 at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, which is the next Senior Tour stop.

"I wish it was next week," Williams said of the U.S. Open. "But, it gives me a couple weeks to get back to work on my game and relax a little bit."


 

2011/05/20

門川健一
男子トップ合格

舟本 舞
女子トップ合格

東日本大震災の影響を受け、日程を延期して行われた今年度のプロボウラー資格取得テストも本日全日程を無事終了し、第50期男子15名、第44期女子12名の新人プロボウラーが誕生致しましたのでご報告致します。

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2011/05/12

 【PBA】 News

Team USA Takes PABCON Gold, O'Neill Earns All-Events Gold

The Team USA men overcame a close battle with Puerto Rico to claim the gold medal in the coveted five-player team event Thursday at the 2011 Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships.

The United States won the gold medal with a six-game total of 6,772, an average of 224.07, to top Puerto Rico's 6,642 at Bolerama Tapatio. Canada took the bronze with 6,584.

Team USA's Bill O'Neill, who won the all-events gold medal, struck on his first two shots in the final frame of the final game to shut out Puerto Rico, which still had hope with a couple players left to finish.

"The team put me in the anchor position and expected me to come up with big shots when we needed it," said O'Neill, who won the all-events gold with a 24-game total of 5,596, an average of 233.17. "For me, throwing shots when I've needed them over the past year has been a bit of a struggle. So it felt really good to make some shots at the end to lock it up."

O'Neill led the team effort with 1,398 and was followed by Mike Fagan (1,377), Patrick Allen (1,351), Chris Barnes (1,304), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (647) and Wes Malott (645).

"There's no doubt that the talent in the American Zone has gotten stronger and that showed today," Barnes said. "It's always a good feeling when you get in a close situation and win. The bottom line is when it came down to the last game, we bowled well enough to pull it out while everyone was scrambling."

Entering the final game, Canada trailed the United States by 40 pins, while Puerto Rico was 43 pins off the lead. The Canadians faded in the final game, but the Puerto Ricans held strong down the stretch and nearly pulled off the upset.

Francisco Colon led Puerto Rico with 1,376 and was followed by Andro Simounet (1,345), Israel Hernandez (1,334), Bruno Diaz (1,327) and Francisco Valient (1,260).

In the all-events race, O'Neill entered the final game down 29 pins to Canada's Dan MacLelland, but O'Neill outscored him 249-184 in the final game. MacLelland took the silver medal with 5,560, while Colombia's Manuel Otalora earned bronze with 5,534.

The top 16 players in the final all-events standings advanced to Friday's match-play Masters, the final event of the PABCON Men's Championships. All six Team USA players advanced along with four Canadians and three Puerto Ricans to make up 13 of the 16 spots.

The PABCON Men's Championships features teams in the American Zone competing in five-player team, trios, doubles, singles, all-events and match-play Masters.


 

2011/05/11

 

 【JPBA】 第44回 女子プロボウラー資格取得テスト 【第2次テスト・2日目】

 

 【PBA】 News

O'Neill Averages 260 to Lead Team USA to PABCON Trios Gold

Team USA's Bill O'Neill, Mike Fagan and Chris Barnes broke the all-time Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships trios record en route to the gold medal Wednesday.

The Americans totaled 4,179 for six games, an average of 232.17, while competing on dual lane conditions. The 44-foot London pattern was on the left lane, while the 34-foot Stockholm pattern was on the right lane at Bolerama Tapatio.

O'Neill led the way with 1,560, an average of 260, and was followed by Barnes' 1,330 and Fagan's 1,289. The other Team USA squad of Walter Ray Williams Jr., Patrick Allen and Wes Malott earned the silver medal with 4,035. Canada took the bronze with 3,936.

"Our first couple days here were pretty rough, but we're pretty smart and once we see a pattern for six games, we know what it takes out there," said O'Neill, who helped the trio break the record of 4,024 set by Team USA in 1989. "We've gotten more comfortable with this bowling center, and we utilized one of our biggest strengths, which is communication."

Team USA got off to a strong start as O'Neill began the squad with 11 straight strikes before leaving the 2-4-5-8 on his final shot for a 296 game. Barnes added 230 and Fagan shot 215.

"There are so many great bowlers here, and we just wanted to get our foot on the gas and get going," O'Neill said. "It was nice to throw the ball well today."

Malott led the other Team USA trio with 1,388, while Allen shot 1,348 and Williams had 1,299 as they finished nearly 100 pins ahead of the Canadians.

Dan MacLelland led the Canadian effort with 1,363 and was joined by Michael Schmidt (1,321) and George Lambert (1,252).

With 18 of 24 games completed in the all-events race, O'Neill surged into the lead with 4,198, a 233.22 average, while MacLelland is second with 4,165. Allen is third with 4,158.

Williams sits in fifth place, Fagan is seventh, Barnes is ninth and Malott sits in 10th place. The top 16 players in the all-events standings after 24 games advance to Friday's match-play Masters.

Competition will shift to the marquee event of the PABCON Championships, the five-player team event, on Thursday as all teams will complete six games.

The PABCON Men's Championships features teams in the American Zone competing in five-player team, trios, doubles, singles, all-events and match-play Masters.

 

 【PBA】 News

Williams and Allen Take PABCON Doubles Gold, Allen Leads All-Events Race

Team USA's Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Patrick Allen didn't just break the all-time Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships record in doubles on Tuesday, they blew past it with ease.

Williams and Allen combined to shoot a six-game total of 2,917, an average of 243.08, at Bolerama Tapatio, eclipsing the previous record of 2,788 set in 2009 by their teammates Chris Barnes and Tommy Jones.

Allen led the pair with 1,461, while Williams contributed 1,456 in the winning effort. Canada's Dan MacLelland and Michael Schmidt took the silver medal with 2,742, while Puerto Rico's Bruno Diaz and Andro Simounet earned the bronze with 2,720.

The Americans entered the final doubles block knowing they needed a big performance after their teammates were out of medal contention from the morning session.

"After the performance this morning, we knew it was either us or nobody for a medal," Allen said. "It was just time for us to rise to the occasion so the team didn't get shut out."

The gold medalists got out of the gate fast with Williams starting with games of 298 and 278, while Allen opened with 247 and 233. They eventually pulled away from the Canadians in the final two games.

"I was surprised the scores weren't higher on the first block, but I knew there were still some pretty good bowlers on our squad," said Williams, who opened the block with 11 straight strikes before leaving the 2-8. "Fortunately, I had a real good look early on and Patrick bowled well, too."

Team USA's Mike Fagan, who also opened the day with a 298 game, and Wes Malott finished doubles in 10th place with 2,578. Barnes and Bill O'Neill were 11th with 2,576.

With two events to go in the all-events race, Allen leads the field with 2,810 for 12 games, an average of 234.17. MacLelland is second with 2,802, while Colombia's Manuel Otalora is third with 2,753.

As for the rest of the Americans, Williams is fifth, Fagan is sixth, Barnes is 10th, O'Neill is 11th and Malott sits in 18th. The top 16 players in all-events after 24 games advance to Friday's final event, the match-play Masters.

Action shifts to the trios event Wednesday morning with Barnes, Fagan and O'Neill teaming up and Malott, Allen and Williams joining forces for the United States.

The PABCON Men's Championships features teams in the American Zone competing in five-player team, trios, doubles, singles, all-events and match-play Masters.


 

2011/05/10

 

 【JPBA】 第44回 女子プロボウラー資格取得テスト 【第2次テスト・1日目】

 

 【PBA】 News

PBA Stars Earn Silver, Bronze Medals at PABCON

Colombia's Manuel Otalora ended a string of domination by the United States and earned his country's first Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships gold medal Monday.

Otalora earned the singles gold by shooting a six-game total of 1,463, an average of 243.8 at Bolerama Tapatio. Canada's Dan MacLelland took the silver with 1,431, and Team USA's Mike Fagan earned the bronze with 1,379.

The United States had previously swept every gold medal at the past two PABCON Men's Championships and had won 25 of a possible 30 gold medals since 1997.

"This feels great, and it's a great win for our team to end the string of wins by the United States," said Otalora, who had games of 248, 223, 245, 253, 237 and 257 on the 44-feet London pattern. "This win is important for our team and our country because it is the first time we have won a gold medal in a men's PABCON event."

Fagan earned his first medal as a member of Team USA and five of the six Americans finished in the top eight. Bill O'Neill was fifth, Wes Malott was sixth, Chris Barnes was seventh and Patrick Allen finished eighth. Walter Ray Williams Jr. ended up 20th.

"I'm happy to come out of the first event with a medal," said Fagan, who had to strike on his first shot in the final frame to jump ahead of Puerto Rico's Israel Hernandez. "If you look at the standings, our team performed pretty well today, and we're looking forward to the rest of the week."

Competition shifts to the doubles event, which will be contested on Tuesday. The American pairings will feature Allen with Williams and Fagan with Malott. Barnes and O'Neill, who will compete together later this year in the Pan American Games, will pair up.

The PABCON Men's Championships features teams in the American Zone competing in five-player team, trios, doubles, singles, all-events and match-play Masters.


 

2011/05/05

 【PBA】 News

Koivuniemi Wins Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Award;
Norton, Jurek Also Win Post-Season Honors

Finland's Mika Koivuniemi, who won the richest first prize in PBA history and became the first player ever to reach the television finals in all four PBA major championships in a single season, has been selected as 2010-11 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year.

Koivuniemi, who won the $250,000 first prize in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions, also finished second in the U.S. Open, third in the Bayer USBC Masters and sixth in the PBA World Championship on his way to winning the PBA Tour earnings title with $330,040 - the third-highest total in PBA Tour history. The 44-year-old right-hander, who also won Player of the Year honors for 2003-04, was the Tour's average leader with a 222.50 average for 292 games bowled.

The PBA also announced Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif., is 2011 Harry Golden Rookie of the Year and Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., has won the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award for the second time.

Koivuniemi, who lives in Hartland, Mich., and Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli (1989 and 1990) are the only international players who have won PBA Player of the Year honors. Koivuniemi received 334 votes from his peers, easily out-distancing runner-up Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas (63) and Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa. (61).

"It's really a great honor," Koivuniemi said. "There are only 10 players who had won Player of the Year more than once, and to be the 11th member of that group is really special."

"It was an almost perfect season for me," he added. "Qualifying for TV for all four majors is a huge deal. No one had ever done that before, and to win the Tournament of Champions? That's the one everyone wanted."

Norton, a practicing California attorney, won his first PBA Tour title in the Pepsi Chameleon Championship. He was the only rookie to win a title during the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. Norton received 445 votes; no other player received more than 15.

Jurek, who also won the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award in 2006, also was an overwhelming choice. His most visible act of sportsmanship came during the title match of the Bayer USBC Masters where he was top qualifier, and was on the verge of losing to first-time champion Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa. Jurek approached Hess, who had broken down in tears under the emotion of his victory, and helped him calm down enough to finish the match.

 

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2011/05/04

Alaska's Ron Mohr Wins PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic for Fourth Senior Tour Title

Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, won the PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic Wednesday at George Pappas' Victory Lanes for his fourth career Senior Tour title.

Mohr, the 2009 PBA Senior Player of the Year, defeated Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, 248-236, in the title match for his first win of the season after a third-place finish in last week's Sun Bowl In the Villages and fourth-place finish in the season-opening Senior Don Carter Open.

It was an especially emotional win for Mohr, whose wife Linda passed away in January as the result of treatment complications from surgery last September. He had to miss most of the second half of the 2010 Senior Tour season to return home to be with his wife and family.

"My plan was to approach this season like I did when I first came out on Tour in 2008," said the 55-year-old Mohr. "I'd bowl the first three tournaments or so and see how it goes and then make a decision on if I should continue."

"It's a big relief, he continued. "Prior to the start of this season I hadn't bowled competitively for seven months so I wasn't sure what the future was going to hold. I'll be honest, winning in the third tournament of the season was more than I could expect."

With Mohr down by 20 pins in the fifth frame, Kauble missed a 10 pin in the sixth frame which turned out to be a turning point in the match.

"He started with the first five (strikes) but when he missed that spare it put me back in the match," Mohr said. "Then, I had four strikes in a row from the sixth to the ninth and all I needed to do was mark in the 10th frame to shut him out."

Mohr defeated Keith Sharp of Orlando, Fla., 268-249, in the semifinal to advance to the championship match. Kauble defeated PBA Hall of Famer and four-time Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., in the other semifinal match, 268-238.

The PBA Senior Tour will take a short break and resume May 21-24 for the Mark Roth Allentown Open at Playdrome Rose Bowl in Allentown, Pa.


 

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